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Best shoes for Peloton and indoor cycling in 2021

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The best shoes for Peloton and indoor cycling are essential for your workout on some of the best exercise bikes. Unlike sneakers, cycling shoes clip into a bike’s pedals, which not only makes them more secure, but also provides more power while you’re cycling.

Aside from the clip, the best spin shoes are made with velcro to allow for fast access and removal, are lightweight, and have a stiffer sole bottom than sneakers. Even though bikes like the Peloton do not require you to wear spin shoes, they’re highly recommended to fully capitalize on your workout.

What are the best shoes for Peloton and indoor cycling?

Our top pick for the best indoor cycling shoes are the Shimano RC1. They were light, comfortable, and breathable over a month of riding. At less than $100, they're affordable too, though you'll need to purchase cleats separately.

If you're starting out on the Peloton bike for the first time, you'll most likely turn to the Peloton brand, as you can buy the shoes along with the bike, making it convenient for someone to buy all at once. They're pretty good shoes, too.

The best cycling shoes for those on a budget are those made by Vitalpa. At less than $60, they’re very affordable. Even though you have to purchase the clips separately, buying these shoes with them is significantly cheaper than buying shoes from a more expensive brand. And they work nicely with the best Peloton alternatives, too.

Alternatively, if you already have a pair of cycling shoes with SPD cleats and don't want to buy a new pair to fit the Delta cleats needed on Peloton, we've reviewed these brilliant Venzo 3-in-1 pedals that allow you to switch between the two.  

Read on for our top picks for the best Peloton shoes.

The best shoes for Peloton and indoor cycling you can buy today

A photo of the Shimano RC1, some of the best shoes for Peloton

(Image credit: Shimano)

1. Shimano RC1

Best cycling shoes under $100

Specifications
Size Range: Women’s: 5.5 - 9.5 / Men’s: 6.6 - 12.3
Clip Compatibility: Delta
Reasons to buy
+Compatible with Delta Cleats+Very comfortable while riding+Detailed instructions
Reasons to avoid
-Clips must be purchased separately

After riding for a few months with a number of models, we think the best indoor cycling shoes overall are the Shimano RC1. It's a reasonably priced spin shoe that comes in both mens and women's models. These shoes are lightweight and feature synthetic leather uppers with mesh texture to promote a comfortable fit. They also have three durable hook-and-loop straps across the top of the feet for easy wear and removal.

During our time, we found them to be breathable, comfortable, and easy to wear. They were light but not overly stiff, and three Velcro straps made it easy to get the fit I wanted. Unlike Peloton’s shoes, Shimano’s shoes don’t include clips, which must be purchased separately for $20. The RC1s are designed for Delta cleats, but you can also purchase an adapter so they'll work with SPD cleats, too.

Read our full Shimano RC1 spin shoe review.

A photo of the Venzo cycling shoes, some of the most comfortable shoes for Peloton

(Image credit: Venzo)

2. Venzo cycling shoes

Some of the most comfortable cycling shoes

Specifications
Size Range: Women’s: 5 - 11 / Men’s: 6.5 - 14.5
Clip Compatibility: Delta Clips & SPD Clips
Reasons to buy
+Comes with the Delta Clips+Compatible with Delta and SPD clips
Reasons to avoid
-SPD Clips have to be purchased separately

The Venzo cycling shoes are compatible with both Delta and SPD clips; if you order the shoes with the former, the clips come bundled, but if you want SPD cleats, you’ll have to purchase them separately.

Both the men’s and women's shoes feature quick-drying, highly-breathable mesh and synthetic upper and have a low-cut construction for a light, fast fit and feel. We wore these shoes for a month, and they fit perfectly; it felt like my feet were molded to the shoe. These shoes come with three velcro straps; the shoes’ tongue is attached to the middle strap, which helps keep it from sliding down while riding, an issue we had with the Tommasos. While not quite as comfortable as the Shimano RC1s, the Venzos quickly became one of our favorite pairs.

Read our full Venzo cycling shoe review.

A photo of the Nike SuperRep Cycling Shoes, some of the best shoes for Peloton

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3. Nike SuperRep Cycling Shoes

Just do it with these cycling shoes

Specifications
Size Range: Women’s: 5 - 9 / Men’s: 7.5 - 14.0
Price: $119.99
Clip Compatibility: Delta Clips & SPD Clips
Reasons to buy
+One model but a few colors to choose from+Both men’s and women’s sizes+Compatible with Delta and SPD clips
Reasons to avoid
-Clips must be purchased separately

This past spring, Nike came out with the Nike SuperRep cycling shoes, which feature an adjustable hook-and-loop strap allowing you to adjust how tight you want your shoes to fit. The Nike SuperRep shoes are lightweight, have breathable vents, and are compatible with both Delta and SPD clips; like many other spin shoes, you have to purchase the clips separately.

While available in both men’s and women’s sizes, Nike’s shoes received the most mixed reviews out of all brands highlighted in this article. As with other spin shoes, Nike’s also tend to run small; most reviews say to size up. One reviewer stated “They are comfortable, flexible and are easy to clip in and out of.” However, another made a point to say “I attached my delta cleats and did a 5 min ride. My feet were aching. These shoes do not have enough support. I could feel the pedal.”

Read our full Nike SuperRep cycling shoe review.

A photo of the Tommaso Woman's Pista, some of the best shoes for Peloton

Tommaso Woman's Pista (Image credit: Tommaso)

4. Tommaso Women’s Pista & Men’s Strada

Dual clip compatibility

Specifications
Size Range: Women’s: 6 - 11 / Men’s: 7.5 - 14
Price: $125
Clip Compatibility: Delta Clips & SPD Clips
Reasons to buy
+Delta cleats came attached+Comes with an Allen key and some spare parts
Reasons to avoid
-Tongue slips down-Sole of shoes are hard and stiff

The Tommaso Pista and Men’s Strada cycling shoes are more expensive than most of their competitors, but they come with the clips of your choice already installed. Even better, these shoes work with both Delta and SPD clips, so you’re not locked into using a Peloton bike.

Both the men’s and women's shoes feature well ventilated mesh portions to help cool your feet. Three Velcro straps ensured the shoes were snug, though we found that the tongue would slip down into the shoe, not matter how much we tightened the straps. The tongue also lacks cushioning. Tommaso recommends riders to order their usual size as they fit true to size, though some buyers found they had to order a larger model. 

Read our full Tommaso Pista cycling shoe review.

A photo of the Peloton Cycling Shoes, some of the best shoes for PelotonTop Pick

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5. Peloton Cycling Shoes

The best shoes for Peloton, from Peloton

Specifications
Size Range: Women’s: 5 - 12 / Men’s: 7 - 13.5
Price: $125
Clip Compatibility: Delta Clips
Reasons to buy
+Well made+Comes with Delta cleats+Sizes run true to size
Reasons to avoid
-No customer reviews on their page-One model option

Not surprisingly, the best Peloton shoes overall are those made by Peloton itself, but these spin shoes can be used on other exercise bikes, too. These lightweight, breathable upper and mesh vent Peloton shoes feature a ratchet clip and velcro straps. If you plan on purchasing these shoes with your new bike, Peloton will deliver your shoes with your bike so you’ll have them in time for that first ride.

Peloton shoes tend to run true to size; we like that they come with the clips, but you'll have to attach them yourself. We found these shoes to be very well made — they felt like they were built to last. We also liked that the tongue stayed in place while riding. However, at $125 for the pair, they're a bit on the pricey side. But if you're buying them with your Peloton, you can't beat the convenience.

Read our full Peloton cycling shoe review.

A photo of the Vitatalpa Men’s Cycling Shoes, some of the best shoes for Peloton

(Image credit: Vitatalpa)

6. Vitatalpa Men’s Cycling Shoes

Best cycling shoes for those on a budget

Specifications
Size Range: Men’s 6 - 12
Price: $56.95+
Clip Compatibility: Delta Clips & SPD Clips
Reasons to buy
+Many colors to choose from+Sizes run true to size+Works with Delta and SPD clips
Reasons to avoid
-Only men’s sizes-Clips must be purchased separately

Exercise bikes — especially Peloton’s — can be expensive, so one way to save a little bit of money is by picking up less expensive cycling shoes. The Vitatalpa Men's Cycling Shoes are the best Peloton shoes for those on a budget: they’re quick-drying, anti-slip, feature breathable mesh, and are lightweight. They come with an adjustable buckle and hook-and-loop straps for easy wear.

There are a couple of things to consider: Vitatalpa’s shoes only come in men’s sizes, and they don’t come with clips. However, they’re compatible with both 2-bolt SPD style and 3-bolt SPD-SL style cleats, and come in a wide range of colors.

Read our full Vitatalpa Men's cycling shoes review.

A photo of the TIEM Slipstream, some of the best shoes for Peloton

(Image credit: TIEM)

7. TIEM Slipstream

Fashionable spinning shoes

Specifications
Size Range: Women’s: 5 - 11
Price: $130
Clip Compatibility: SPD Clips
Reasons to buy
+Shoes have a lot of mesh for breathability+Many colors to choose from+Very comfortable+Comes with an instruction guide
Reasons to avoid
-Clips must be purchased separately-Clips are not compatible with the Peloton

Concerned about your feet complimenting your style while you ride? The Tiem Slipstream spin shoes look more like a pair of traditional sneakers, and feature mesh to allow your feet to breathe throughout your ride and are lightweight. A perk of wearing these sneaker-like shoes is that you can walk in them outside of the class with the clips attached, unlike traditional cycling shoes. And, they’re available in six colors.

While the Tiems are compatible with SPD clips, if you want to use them with a Peloton, you’ll need to change the pedals on your bike, which is another add-on expense. TIEM recommends customers to size down half a size of what you wear for your regular shoes.

Read our full TIEM Slipstream cycling shoe review.

How to choose the best Peloton and indoor cycling shoes

Comfort and fit

When purchasing shoes to go along with your Peloton or exercise bike, comfort and convenience are two of the most important factors. Most spin shoes are made to be lightweight and have a velcro strap for easy and fast wear and removal; you don’t want to have to stop mid-workout stops to tie your shoe.

Clip compatibility

Just as important is clip compatibility. At the bottom of a spin shoe is a metal clip which locks your foot into the bike’s pedals; this clip is typically screwed in, so that you can remove it and attach it to a new pair of shoes when your current pair wears out.

Spin shoes are typically compatible with either the SPD Clip (2-Bolt System), or the Delta Clip (3-Bolt System). Better spin shoes can fit either clip. Either way, it’s important to know if the spin shoe you’re buying will work with the clip that’s compatible with your exercise bike. For example, Peloton bikes come with Delta-compatible pedals, so unless you want to replace the pedals on your bike, too, you’ll want to find shoes that work with Delta clips.

Also note that most cycling shoes do not come with clips, so be prepared to purchase them separately and attach them to your shoes. Here’s how to attach a clip to your cycling shoe.

Price

Spin shoe prices range from around $50 to $140; high end brands include Nike and TIEM, while budget options include the Vitatalpa brand which is most suitable for someone just starting out on their bike. Higher priced shoes tend to be more durable and made with lighter materials, making them more breathable. As mentioned, most cycling shoes do not come with clips, so expect to budget an additional $10-$20 for your purchase.


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  • DavidGraves992
    Thank you for this link, I've been looking for good sneakers for a long time. I need ones that are good for walking and running, and usually my sneakers fall apart after the first kilometers. Thanks again.
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